Our guest is pioneering gay rights activist and Houston "Living Legend" Ray Hill. Ray, who was a co-founder ofR and longtime broadcaster at KPFT-FM, Houston's listener-sponsored Pacifica radio station, has been widely honored for his human rights advocacy and his work on behalf of prisoners' rights. Ray, who spent five years as an inmate in the Texas prison system, produced and hosted "The Prison Show," a landmark radio program that aired on KPFT for three decades.
This April, Houston Mayor Annise Parker roasted Ray Hill at a benefit for KPFT, and last Saturday, May 30, Ray was named a Houston "Living Legend" by the Harris County Democratic Party, as one of seven public figures honored for their lifelong contributions "to the advancement of progressive politics" in Harris County and the State of Texas.
The 74-year old Hill came out as a gay man to his family and to his fellow students at Houston's Galena Park High School in 1958. He was co-founder of Houston's first gay/lesbian organization in 1967, and has been a very public advocate for LGBT rights ever since. Ray helped found KPFT in 1968 and later served as the station's General Manager. From 1975-1980, he hosted "Wilde N Stein," one of the first regularly-scheduled gay/lesbian radio shows in the country and the only one in the South at that time, and hosted "The Prison Show" from 1980-2012. Hill won four federal suits against the City of Houston for police abuses, including a case that resulted in a landmark Supreme Court victory.
Ray Hill has also written and performed in several award-winning theatrical productions and has been the subject of three documentary films about his life and his exploits.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Photographer: Roger Baker. Rag Radio (www.theragblog.com/rag-radio/) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP (www.koop.org/listen-now), and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 55:03.